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Triple Peak summit attempt, on a day that turns wintery…

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Not every mountaineering adventure ends on a summit. Actually I suppose no hike should end on a summit, unless your flying off…   To kick off March, Phil, Mat Light attempted a popular alpine route, one  many other hikers are doing doing recently; Triple Peak.  We were inspired to give …

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Mt Moriarty Winter Ascent…. more or less

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An early morning departure was the order of the day, the morning of January 25th 2015. Phil Jackson contacted me late on Friday evening with an offer to do a winter ascent of Mt. Moriarty. This trip marks my third summit of this peak in twelve months, I climbed Moriarty …

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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

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January, a time of new beginnings and resolutions. Keeping with the annual tradition, I started something new, I joined the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island Section. Rather, that is, I rejoined. A few years ago, I was a member for a season. This past weekend I joined 50+ members …

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Mt Arrowsmith — The First Hike of 2015

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Arrowsmith is, arguably, the most hiked mountain on Vancouver Island. I’m sure there are other hills that are more commonly hiked, Mt. Bension, Mt. Finlayson and even Mt. Tzouhalem come to mind. However, they are each below 1000 m. Arrowsmith, at 1819 m  (5967 ft), is just short of the …

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Limestone Mountain on the Winter Solstice

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December 21st marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere, how should I cerebrate this day?  I set out on another early morning adventure,  this time with Phil Jackson and Jaime Curcil. Our destination, Limestone Mountain, located between …

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December Ascent of Mt Clifton

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I’m not sure why this looks so amazing but who cares! 2014 has seen late onset of winter conditions for Vancouver Island’s alpine. Though the Island isn’t exactly known to be a winter wonderland, there is usually an excellent buildup of snow at elevations exceeding 1300 m.  This year, it …